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Keido Kaye

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Keido Les Kaye
New York City
ReligionZen Buddhism
LineageShunryu Suzuki
Senior posting
TeacherShunryu Suzuki
Based inKannon Do Zen Meditation Center
PredecessorHoitsu Suzuki

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Keido Les Kaye (born 1933), born Les Kaye, is the abbot and guiding teacher of Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center located in Mountain View, California. Kaye is a Soto Zen roshi practicing in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, having received Dharma transmission in 1985 from Suzuki's son Hoitsu. Kaye is the writer of three books: Zen at Work (1997), Joyously Through the Days: Living the Journey of Spiritual Practice (2011), and A Sense of Something Greater: Zen Practice and the Search for Balance in Silicon Valley (2018).


Les Kaye was born in Manhattan in New York City in 1933. He started practicing at Haiku Zendo in Los Altos, California under Shunryu Suzuki in 1967. Suzuki ordained Kaye as a priest in 1970. In 1984, Kaye received Dharma transmission from Suzuki Roshi's son and Dharma Heir, Hoitsu Suzuki Roshi, Abbot of Rinso-In Temple in Yaizu, Japan. He co-founded SZBA (Soto Zen Buddhist Association) with Chozen Jan Bays, Tenshin Reb Anderson, Jakusho Bill Kwong, Tetsugen Bernie Glassman,Daido John Loori, and Genpo Dennis Merzel.

Kaye has been the spiritual leader of Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center in Mountain View, CA since 1982. His weekly Dharma talks at Kannon Do are freely distributed in the podcast Zen-Finding Balance podcast.

See also[edit]

  • Buddhism in the United States
  • Timeline of Zen Buddhism in the United States


Written references[edit]

Zen At Work (1996)

A Sense of Something Greater (Available 9/25/2018)


The Role of Spiritual Practice in the Modern World (Google Presentation)

Soto Zen As a new style of living-Soto Zen Buddhism in North America (Soto Zen Video)

Keido Les Kaye on Soto Zen Practice (video)

Cuke.com interview with David Chadwick

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